Sunday, March 23, 2008

China gets it right (sort of)

The Chinese government lashed out at critics today, with the bulk of the Red blast aimed at US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. When analyzed with a clear and sober eye, there's really not much to argue with. From the AP:

China Lashes Out at Critics Over Tibet Crackdown

The official Xinhua New Agency, meanwhile, published a commentary bashing Pelosi, a fierce critic of China who on Friday visited the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India, where she called China's crackdown "a challenge to the conscience of the world."

Xinhua accused Pelosi of ignoring the violence caused by the Tibetan rioters."'Human rights police' like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case," it said.

"Her views are like so many other politicians and western media. Beneath the double standards lies their intention to serve the interest groups behind them, who want to contain or smear China."

Again, how can one possibly disagree that Speaker Pelosi is "habitually bad tempered" or that we are all out to smear the ChiComs and contain their ideology within its current border?

Anyway, Xinhua offered photographic proof to bolster their view of Pelosi's bad temper:

Others photos were provided in a press release to further document Ms. Pelosi's "unstable imperialist personality", including bewilderment with complexity:

...abuser of hallucinogenics:

...and as weak and frail as a Bulgarian grandmother:


Blogger Gildersleeve said...

John, I certainly hope you are not sympathetic with the Chinese on the issue of Tibet? Aside from taking up terrorist tactics to get their message across, I strongly support the Tibetans getting rowdy to let the world know that they are still being oppressed. If Pelosi is loudly criticizing the Chinese, I can only congratulate her. If she or the president attends the Olympics this year, they should only do so with the Dalai Lama accompanying them.

3:53 PM  
Blogger John Egel said...

Oh please...Of course I'm not sympathetic to the Chinese. I did take a shot at them as well in the post. However, when I looked at this the next day, I did think I went overboard with the photos and should have made the post more about them than her. Oh well.

But I won't let Pelosi completely off the hook. She'd get a lot more praise from me on Tibet if she hadn't spent the last 5 years undermining the freedom fight in a country where her fellow citizens were bleeding and dying.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Gildersleeve said...

OK, well I know you as well as someone probably can know someone over the internet so I was a bit confused. Every once in a while someone's opinions throw me for a loop too.

5:40 PM  
Blogger John Egel said...

That's fine...

And while we're on the subject of China, I wonder if you could do me a favor and put your Berkeley citizenship to good use. I've been trying to track down an autographed copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Obviously I'd prefer a volume in good condition, but would consider one slightly worn with margin notes from a Cultural Revolution purgee, or blood stains. Or both. Anyway, see what you can dig up at the used book stores out there.

(There...ChiComs 2, Pelosi 1. Much better.)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Gildersleeve said...

That would be quite an expensive good. I did get a copy of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel while at the local public library though. I also bought a used copy of Hitchens' Letters to a Young Contrarian.

7:46 PM  

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